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'When You Can Read' a poem by Nimra Aged 7

02 December 2014 at 12:03


We love this poem written by Nimra, aged 7. 



"My daughter Nimra became   particularly engaged in reading   after Readathon was introduced to her in February this year. Since, Nimra's reading has gone from strength to strength and she has developed a real passion for reading."

 Sumeera, Proud Mum


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Winning School announced in David Logan, The League of Sharks School Review Project

29 April 2014 at 16:54

We’re delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held as part of our project to collect reviews of David Logan’s latest novel, The League of Sharks. Thank you to all schools that sent in their reviews. We had over 70 schools participate and over 2,300 reviews.

The winning school was selected at random by the publisher Quercus.

Congratulations to Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Well done to all pupils who took part and of course Clare Dorman for organising and submitting all these wonderful reviews for the author and publisher to read. In the last 3 years Sullivan Upper School has raised over £4,000 by running Readathon.

As the winning school Sullivan Upper School will be sent £500 worth of books for all their pupils to enjoy!

If you haven't yet read David Logan’s latest novel The League of Sharks perhaps the below reviews will tempt you do so. 

Legue of Sharks reviews

More reviews

Would you like to take part in review exercises like this in the future?

Our friends in publishing often ask us to send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools that have run Readathon sponsored reads. If you are a participating Readathon school and would like your school to be considered for one of our future review projects, please email your contact name, email address, school name and school postcode with "Readathon Review Club Application" in the subject line.

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Winner Announced in Malorie Blackman Review Project

17 September 2013 at 12:15

Children's Laureate Malorie BlackmanWe're delighted to announce the winning school in the prize draw held last term as part of our project to collect reviews of Malorie Blackman's latest teen novel, Noble Conflict.

The winner is The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre in Dunmow, Essex. One of the many reviews this school sent us was drawn at random from a heavy postbag of entries to win a free school visit during the current academic year from the Children's Laureate.

The school's Readathon organiser was Learning Zone Manager Mrs Turner, who did a great job of spreading enthusiasm about Noble Conflict within school, and also read the book herself during the summer holidays, as did her own daughter.We think Mrs Turner is a great ambassador for reading!

Cover of teen novel Noble Conflict by Malorie BlackmanThe Winning Review

The author of the winning review was Sarah (12), and here's her eloquent review:

"Full of apocalyptic action, this ominous book is an explosive thriller. Kaspar Wilding has joined the Guardians, an organisation dedicated to fighting insurrection. As always, Malorie Blackman's work flows effortlessly with flashbacks placed strategically throughout. As Kaspar fights the subversive terrorists, the reader also ventures on a journey exploring literary dynamite. In my opinion, the book is a beacon of success for all aspiring novelists."

If you haven't yet read Malorie Blackman's Noble Conflict, we bet Sarah's review will make you want to read it now! Find out all about the Children's Laureate on her official author website.

LIKE TO TAKE PART IN FUTURE PROJECTS LIKE THIS? Our friends in publishing often ask us to send out free review copies of extracts and samples of new books to schools who run Readathon sponsored reads. If you would like your school to be considered for one a future review project, please email your contact name, email address, school name and school postcode with "Readathon Review Club Application" in the subject line to the Readathon office.

Tags: Malorie Blackman | Noble Conflict | Children's Laureate | school visit | book reviews | prize draw

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Ballyclare School Presents Readathon Cheque to CLIC Sargent

25 January 2013 at 11:27

Ballyclare Secondary School presents Readathon cheque to local CLIC Sargent repOn the spot in Northern Ireland to collect Ballyclare Secondary School's fabulous Readathon cheque this term was Fionnuala Savage of CLIC Sargent.

At the end of last year Ballyclare Secondary School took part in its second sponsored Readathon Challenge. Pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 were given the opportunity to read throughout all of their English classes for one week. All pupils were asked to raise as much money as possible for three worthy causes: CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity, supporting children with neurological and blood disorders, and ReadWell, taking free books and storytellers into children's hospitals to make young patients' lives better.

"Congratulations to all the pupils in years 8,9 and 10 for your diligence in collecting sponsorship money from family and friends - well done to everyone inolved!" said Fionnuala, pictured here with Mrs Bell (Principal) with Ella Cooke and Peter Allen (Year 8 students).

Tags: Ballyclare | charity | cheque presentation | CLIC Sargent | Readathon | reading | school visit | sponsored read

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School Talent Show Helps Readathon

19 November 2012 at 11:14

Cast of Huish Episcopi Talent Show 2012 with Brough Girling, Readathon founderLast week he pupils of Huish Episcopi Academy, in Langport, Somerset, staged a brilliant Variety Show to boost their Readathon fundraising. The evening of fun involved comedy, singing and playing musical instruments. Guest of honour was Readathon's founder, Brough Girling, pictured here with the show's cast.

It was the idea of staff member Phillipa Burrell to stage this event to raise awareness of Readathon and the charities it supports for seriously ill children: CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Readwell. 

“I would like to say a very big thank you to Mr Brough Girling, founder of Readathon, for visiting our school and meeting the cast of the Variety Show," said Phillipa Burrell, who runs the annual Readathon in the school Library. 

Mr Brough Girling said: "Thousands of schools do Readathon every year, but Huish Episcopi School is among the very best of them. The students there obviously love reading and love raising money for sick children too."

A big thanks to everyone involved!

Tags: Huish Episcopi | Somerset | Brough Girling

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Guest Impressed in Northern Ireland

20 June 2012 at 09:41

Brough Girling and Daniel Blythe with staff and pupils of St Patrick's Grammar School, DownpatrickReadathon founder Brough Girling visited a truly superb school in Northern Ireland last week and treated the pupils to a visit from multi-talented author Daniel Blythe.

"St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick has donated a phenomenal amount to Readathon over the years and we wanted to acknowledge the support of both their staff and their pupils with a celebration," said Brough. 

Daniel Blythe filled the children's heads with fast-paced tales, while Brough filled the teachers' stomachs with cake!

Rory, a Year 8 pupil, thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon: ‘We read the first chapter of ‘Shadow Runners’ in class before Daniel came and it seems really good. Now that I have my own signed copy, I can’t wait to read it over the summer!’

Gina Savage, Head of English at the school enthused: "Reading for pleasure is very much embedded in the culture of the St Patrick’s. All junior pupils have time in their weekly timetabled classes dedicated to this pastime. It encourages the boys to see reading as a leisure activity – something on the same level as football or soccer - something that is not just educational but also enjoyable."

Brough was especially impressed that each year St Patrick’s trains twenty Year 13 students to work as Reading Partners and Reading Champions in local primary schools to promote positive reading habits and improve literacy with the children in the community. "This is a fabulously creative investment," he said.

Pictured here are author Daniel Blythe (seated centre), Readathon founder Brough Girling (far left), Vice Principal Ray McConville, Head of English Gina Savage, with St Patrick's pupils Eoin, Aidan and Joseph.

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Readathon founder launches Hawkesbury Primary School's sponsored read

27 September 2011 at 12:47

Brough Girling launches Readathon at Hawkesbury Primary SchoolHawkesbury Primary School in South Gloucestershire enjoyed a memorable launch for its recent Readathon with a visit from the charity’s founder and children’s author, Brough Girling.

Brough spent time in each classroom, reading stories, telling jokes and answering their questions about what it’s like to write books.  

In assembly, Brough entertained staff and children alike with anecdotes about his friend Roald Dahl, Readathon’s first chairman. The children were particularly intrigued by Dahl’s boyhood encounter with Beatrix Potter.

“The free books from Readathon are especially welcome as we are working hard to expand and modernize our Infant and Junior Libraries in the face of substantial budget cuts,” says Mrs Louise Lewis, Head Teacher.

“We are also keen to demonstrate to our pupils that reading and writing are lifelong pleasures of equal interest and value to boys and girls, so a visit by a male author was really constructive. We love supporting children’s charities too.

“I recommend Readathon to any school that wants to enthuse their pupils about reading, to build their library stocks and to find a different way of raising money for charity. With Readathon, everybody wins.”

Brough Girling also enjoyed his visit.

“What a lovely village school!” he remarked.

“The wonderful thing about schools and young people, is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves,” he says. 

Tags: Readathon | primary school | reading | boys reading | sponsored read

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